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Shapwick, Somerset

Historical Description

Shapwick, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands under Polden Hill, with a station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, 136 miles from London, and 5½ W by S of Glastonbury. It has a post and money order office under Bridgwater; telegraph office at railway station. Acreage of the civil parish, 3567; population, 352; of the ecclesiastical, 1008, There is a parish council consisting of five members. The living is a vicarage, united with Ashcott, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £280 with residence. The church is a stone building of 13th century date in the Early English style.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySomersetshire 
Ecclesiastical parishShapwick St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBridgwater 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shapwick from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTA7
Post TownBridgwater